Tag: Positive Psychology

  The Many Health Benefits of Spirituality

Many people enjoy physical and mental health benefits from acknowledging a spiritual dimension in life. This does not just mean being religious. Whereas around 60% of Australians in the 2016 census identified with having a Christian (52%) or non-Christian (8%) faith, many others would no doubt describe themselves as being spiritual but not religious. This… Read more »

  That’s the Spirit

Acknowledging a spiritual dimension to life is something that is important to many people, even those who don’t identify religious. This article examines the relationship between spirituality and well-being and reminds us that it’s important to celebrate our own private or public acknowledgement of our beliefs.

  Healthy Minds

Recognising ADHD helps to not only understand the difficulties associated with it, which can be quite disruptive, but also to appreciate its advantages.

  Strength in You

Could a simple half hour exercise help you flourish? This article makes the case for taking the character strengths survey in order to improve your sense of self-worth and well-being. The character strengths test is available by clicking here.  

  How to Find and Use Your Character Strengths

Television presenter Angie Hilton and clinical psychologist Chris Mackey discuss how to find your character strengths signature as well as some practical ways to apply the results. The character strengths survey can be found at http://www.viacharacter.org/www/Character-Strengths-Survey. This clip was taken from series 2, episode 9 of Australian Television show, Destination Happiness.

  Identifying Signature Character Strengths

One of the most useful and widely used Positive Psychology strategies for promoting wellbeing is to identify and draw upon our signature character strengths, which relate to our enduring key virtues. These character strengths are the kind of virtues which are recognised by all cultures. There is an accessible scientific method of identifying signature character… Read more »

  A Calming Voice

As a psychologist, when you hear your clients’ deeply personal stories over many years, you learn that often their most profound experiences often have a numinous or sacred quality. This article explores the role of numinous or sacred experiences in someone’s recovery from mental health problems.

  Promoting Mental Health with Positive Media

Mainstream media, including TV, radio and newspapers can have a very important role in promoting positive physical and mental health. Conveying health messages through popular media has a much greater reach than typical health interventions, which are generally targeted to individuals. As a clinical psychologist that is why I’m especially pleased to be involved in… Read more »

  Positive Power

Some of the most important messages about mental health are simple optimistic messages. This article explores the role of the media in perpetuating a positive environment for our community, as well as how a pessimistic outlook has been perpetuated by pharmaceutical companies in order to gain financially.